[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific

Dozens injured in Thai protest explosion

At least 28 hurt by blast at opposition protest march in Bangkok aiming to shut down government.

Last updated: 17 Jan 2014 16:22
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

A bomb blast at an opposition protest march in Bangkok wounded at least 28 people, emergency officials said, in the latest unrest during a "shutdown" of the capital aimed at toppling the government. 

"The bomb went off shortly after 1pm," said the deputy national police spokesman, Anucha Romyanan.

Police were investigating what type of explosive device caused the blast. Television footage showed several people lying on the ground as ambulances took away wounded.

Protesters were seen searching nearby buildings for the attackers.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has faced more than two months of street demonstrations aimed at forcing her elected government from office and installing an appointed body to oversee loosely defined reforms such as an end  to alleged vote buying.

Eight people have been killed and hundreds injured in street violence since the protests began.

"Yingluck must take responsibility," one of the protest leaders, Satit Wonghnongtaey, said on stage soon after the blast.

The protesters aim to curb the political dominance of Yingluck's billionaire brother, fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whom they accuse of controlling the government from self-exile.

192

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
A new book looks at Himalayan nation's decades of political change and difficult transition from monarchy to democracy.
The Church of Christ built a $200m megachurch while analysts say members vote in a block.
US state is first to issue comprehensive draft regulations for the online currency, but critics say they are onerous.
Survivors of Shujayea bombardment recount horror tales amid frantic search for lost family members.
Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed tells international donors to be more accountable and work more closely with the government.
join our mailing list